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 for To lie at one''s door
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Door \Door\, n. [OE. dore, dure, AS. duru; akin to OS. dura,
     dor, D. deur, OHG. turi, door, tor gate, G. th["u]r, thor,
     Icel. dyrr, Dan. d["o]r, Sw. d["o]rr, Goth. daur, Lith.
     durys, Russ. dvere, Olr. dorus, L. fores, Gr. ?; cf. Skr.
     dur, dv[=a]ra. [root]246. Cf. Foreign.]
     1. An opening in the wall of a house or of an apartment, by
        which to go in and out; an entrance way.
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              To the same end, men several paths may tread,
              As many doors into one temple lead.   --Denham.
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     2. The frame or barrier of boards, or other material, usually
        turning on hinges, by which an entrance way into a house
        or apartment is closed and opened.
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              At last he came unto an iron door
              That fast was locked.                 --Spenser.
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     3. Passage; means of approach or access.
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              I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall
              be saved.                             --John x. 9.
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     4. An entrance way, but taken in the sense of the house or
        apartment to which it leads.
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              Martin's office is now the second door in the
              street.                               --Arbuthnot.
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     Blank door, Blind door, etc. (Arch.) See under Blank,
        Blind, etc.
  
     In doors, or Within doors, within the house.
  
     Next door to, near to; bordering on.
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              A riot unpunished is but next door to a tumult.
                                                    --L'Estrange.
        
  
     Out of doors, or Without doors, and, [colloquially], Out
     doors, out of the house; in open air; abroad; away; lost.
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              His imaginary title of fatherhood is out of doors.
                                                    --Locke.
  
     To lay (a fault, misfortune, etc.) at one's door, to charge
        one with a fault; to blame for.
  
     To lie at one's door, to be imputable or chargeable to.
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              If I have failed, the fault lies wholly at my door.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     Note: Door is used in an adjectival construction or as the
           first part of a compound (with or without the hyphen),
           as, door frame, doorbell or door bell, door knob or
           doorknob, door latch or doorlatch, door jamb, door
           handle, door mat, door panel.
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